Network technologies and trends


October 21, 2008  11:41 AM

Packet Trap pt360 Tool Suite wow what a Network Diagnostic Tool

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Recently I came across new Network Management software, which happens to be good NMS systems I have ever seen. Always I try to follow and find the latest technological developments and I always love to test the trial version of latest Network Management Software’s from any vendor.

Luckily one fine day I received an email form Packet trap to try their Packet Trap perspective and Packettrap pt 360 tool suite. I thought let me Packettrap pt 360 tool suite.

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Though Packet Trap is a new but it seems the team posse’s great experience in building  Packettrap pt 360 tool suite.

Packettrap pt 360 tool suite is windows based Network Management as well as Diagnostic tool. The best thing about Packettrap pt 360 tool suite is its download size and it never consumes more memory resources in the PC. Packettrap pt 360 tool suite is a light weight application and can run on almost any windows XP/ Vista machine with minimum configuration requirements.

The first look of Packettrap pt 360 tool suite is very impressive and it’s too simple to use with easy navigation and menu options.  The dashboard has nice looks and more over it come with drag and drop components.

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The Packettrap pt 360 tool suite is quite useful to Cisco Network Administrators as well as good tool for Windows Administrators. I would strongly recommend Packettrap pt 360 tool suite , just have a try. One more good news from Packet Trap is their PT360 Pro Network Management Diagnostic Tool Suite  is free forever. So make use of this opportunity.

In next series I will try to focus on the features available with Packettrap pt 360 tool suite. Later on I will focus on their core product Packet Trap perspective

October 20, 2008  5:33 AM

GITEX 2008 is officially inagurated by H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

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UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has opened this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK amidst great expectations of a week of announcements and knowledge exchange.

GitexDear Friends GITEX happens to be the biggest technological exhibition or fair in this part of world. If you happen to be in Dubai I would strongly suggest to visit GITEX 2008.

More than 3,300 companies from 83 countries are exhibiting at this year, including major international companies such as Blackberry, Dell, Du, Etisalat, Google, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sun Microsystems and Symantec, according to organisers the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Gitex 2008

GITEX 2008 is open from 1pm to 7pm on Oct. 19, 10am to 7pm on Oct. 20-22 and 10am to 5pm on Oct. 23. The exhibition is open to trade and business professionals only.

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October 20, 2008  5:06 AM

How to configure SNMPv3 in a Cisco Catalyst Switch – Series 2

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In the first series we just started to know about SNMP Version 3 and we just created a SNMP View called ITKEView. Now let’s proceed further and create a SNMP group called “ITKEGroup”. This group is granted an access to view “ITKEview” which we created in the previous step. 

ITKE(config)# snmp-server group ITKEview v3 auth

Finally let’s create a SNMP username called   “ITKEuser” and grant it an access to the “ITKEGroup” that we created in previous step. We will provide an authentication password as well as privacy password which will serve as an encryption key for the SNMP protocol. ITKE(config)# nmp-server user ITKEuser  ITKEGroup  v3 auth md5 ITKEpass priv des56 ITKEpass2


October 15, 2008  5:56 AM

Cisco® I-Prize innovation contest winners are….

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Cisco announced the winner of the Cisco® I-Prize innovation contest, a global competition held to identify a major business opportunity for Cisco. The winning team , is based in Germany and Russia, came up with a business plan for Cisco that improves the energy efficiency by taking an advantage of Cisco’s leadership in Internet Protocol (IP) technology.

Since the winning team based in two counties they relied on Cisco’s collaboration portfolio of Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Unified Communications and the new Cisco WebEx® Connect application platform, to virtually present their idea to Cisco.

The winning team was led by Anna Gossen, a computer science student at the Karlsruhe University in Germany. With the help of Niels Gossen, a computer science student at the University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and Sergey Bessonnitsyn, a systems engineer from Russia, the team is eligible to receive US$250,000 in cash to be equally shared among the team members. The team may also be considered for opportunities to join Cisco.


October 14, 2008  3:52 PM

Cisco invites you to ‘Think Inside the Box’ Developer Contest

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Cisco’s “Think Inside the Box” Contest invites developers to compete amongst their peers to build exciting applications for the Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP).

The prize? One hundred thousand U.S dollars in total prize money with three winners getting U.S$50K, U.S$30K and U.S$20K respectively.

Contest

Details of the contest, including terms and conditions are on the official Cisco Developer Contest website

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October 14, 2008  5:18 AM

Cisco Offers New LAN Lite Extensions to the Catalyst 2960 Family

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Cisco Systems has recently announced the launch of the New LAN Lite switches that help small branches, small and medium-sized businesses, and others in space-constrained environments upgrade basic networks to fully managed networks.

So what is this LAN Lite? 

LAN Lite is software which provides desktop Fast Ethernet connectivity for wiring closet and small branch-office networks to provide basic LAN services. The LAN Lite Cisco IOS Software provides entry-level security, quality of service (QoS), and availability capabilities while lowering the network’s total cost of ownership.

Cisco offer Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switches with LAN Lite software.

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Courtesy: Cisco Systems


October 12, 2008  5:17 AM

How to configure SNMPv3 in a Cisco Catalyst Switch – Series 1

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Configuring SNMP Version 3 in a Cisco Catalyst Switch is bit more complicated compared to SNMP v1 and v2.  But after configuring SNMPv3 you can relax as the SNMPv3 provides more security by adding authentication (username and password) as well as encryption to the protocol.  

What is SNMPv3 ?Simple Network Management Protocol version 3. The specification for this Full Standard protocol is published in RFCs 3410 and 3418. SNMPv3 provides a Full Standard administrative framework (authorization, access control, etc.) and a remote configuration/administration MIB. Also check the SNMPv3 documentation from Cisco Systems. 

How to configure SNMPv3 in a Cisco Catalyst Switch ? 

First we begin with configuration of SNMPv3 on the Cisco Catalyst Switch by creating a SNMP “view”. A “view” defines what information can be accessed by the SNMP user/group when they query the SNMPv3 enabled  Cisco Catalyst Switch.  In the below example we will create “view” called ITKEView. We will enable “system” , “internet” and  “interfaces” SNMP OIDS on the Cisco Catalyst Switch. 

ITKE(config)# snmp-server view ITKEView internet includedITKE(config)# snmp-server view ITKEView system includedITKE(config)# snmp-server view ITKEView interfaces included 

To be continued in next series


October 6, 2008  7:34 AM

Things to be considered before upgrading an IOS in a Cisco 6500 Series Switch with SUP720- Series 3

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In the second series I  was talking about the Compact flash memory, now let’s proceed further, one more key thing you must consider before starting an IOS upgrade for a Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch with Supervisor Engine SUP720 is the redundant power supply.  Make sure the Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch is installed with the redundant power supply and they are connected to two different power sources.  Suppose one power source fails then the other source can take care of the Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch while the IOS upgrade is going on.


October 4, 2008  12:21 PM

Things to be considered before upgrading an IOS in a Cisco 6500 Series Switch with SUP720- Series 2

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In the first series I was talking about the TFTP severs, now let’s proceed further, one more key thing you must consider before starting an IOS upgrade for a Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch with Supervisor Engine SUP720 is the Compact flash memory. The Supervisor Engine SUP720 comes with two slots for memory. Recommended part number

MEM-C6K-CPTFL256M

Cat6500 Sup720 Compact Flash Mem 256MB

The Compact flash memory is required in order to avoid any failure IOS file upload through TFTP server. As before uploading the file the current IOS file is deleted from the boot flash memory of the switch. Before starting the IOS upgrade in the  Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch with Supervisor Engine SUP720 issue a boot command to boot from the flash memory if the Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch with Supervisor Engine SUP720 fails to boot from the boot flash memory by issuing following command.bootflashNote:  the Compact flash memory is inserted in the slot 1 of the Supervisor Engine SUP720.


October 3, 2008  11:04 AM

CCDE Practical Beta Exam Available

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Cisco has announced the availibity of beta version of CCDE Practical exam, Cisco will be offering this beta delivery of the exam on October, 1 in Chicago, Illinois USA – at a Pearson Professional Testing Center. Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE qualification exam may register and participate in this exam.

The cost to participate in the beta delivery of the CCDE Practical is $980US and will only be delivered in Chicago on Oct 1, 2008. The estimated cost for the CCDE Practical exam after the October delivery will be $1,400.

For more details do check this article from Cisco Learning Center


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